By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2004 1 Comments
    Black Walnut Remedy For Ringworm

    Q. I've read a couple of questions about ringworm in your column and want to give you the benefit of my experience. I grew up in the country. As a teenager, I got ringworm on the back of my leg. Sever…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2004 0 Comments
    Sunshine Vitamin In Short Supply

    If you spend 10 to 15 minutes out in the sun two or three times a week, you make enough vitamin D to stay healthy. Our ancestors had little trouble getting that much sunshine. They walked and worked o…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2004 0 Comments
    Acupressure May Work For Insomnia

    Q. I would like to share an acupressure tip that helps me sleep. Tape a dried kidney bean to the inside of your right wrist. I locate this point between the two tendons by measuring the width of three…

    By: Joe Graedon November 8, 2004 1 Comments
    Cinnamon Lowers Cholesterol

    Q. I am curious about the health value of cinnamon. A year ago, I ran across a Web site suggesting cinnamon to reduce bad LDL cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. I do not have this disease, bu…

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2004 0 Comments
    New Health Findings For Ancient Fruit

    Q. I'm so glad pomegranates are back in season. I love them! Are there health benefits from eating pomegranates, so I don't have to feel bad about spending money on them? A. Scientists keep finding ne…

    By: Joe Graedon October 25, 2004 0 Comments
    Cheap Gin May Not Work With Raisin Remedy

    Q. You have recommended soaking golden raisins in gin for arthritis relief and suggested that cheap gin would work fine. I spent several years in the distilled spirits business. It was said that the c…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2004 0 Comments
    Bad Breath May Be Infectious

    Q. A family member pulled me aside a few months ago and informed me that I have had bad breath for years although I brush and floss religiously. I went to see the dentist, who took x-rays and said I h…

    By: Joe Graedon October 11, 2004 0 Comments
    Dandruff Shampoo May Ease Jock Itch

    Q. Are there natural ways to keep jock itch from returning? My husband has been using Lotrimin cream or other antifungals daily for about 3 years. Within 2 or 3 days of stopping the cream, the rash al…

    By: Joe Graedon October 4, 2004 1 Comments
    Silver May Turn Children Gray

    Q. My daughter and her husband make their own formulation of colloidal silver. They think this mixture protects them against the flu and other infections because it provides a natural boost to the imm…

    By: Joe Graedon September 27, 2004 0 Comments
    Turmeric-Flavored Eggs Fight Arthritis

    Q. After reading about turmeric in your column, I started using one teaspoon in my scrambled eggs each morning. My arthritis has greatly improved, and I have far less pain when I walk. I work in my ya…

    By: Joe Graedon September 20, 2004 0 Comments
    No Relish For Mustard Remedy

    Q. Some time ago I read about a common kitchen condiment that was supposed to be good for severe leg cramps. Now I can't recall what it was. Can you help? A. The remedy in question involved a teaspoon…

    By: Joe Graedon September 13, 2004 4 Comments
    Can Castor Oil Grow Hair?

    Q. At 62 years old, my hair is thinning, especially on the crown. Both my grandfathers were bald in their 70s, so this doesn't surprise me much. Yesterday, a woman I don't know stopped me in a parking…

    By: Joe Graedon September 6, 2004 2 Comments
    Noxema Provides Help For Hemmorrhoids

    Q. I enjoy reading about Noxzema in your column. I have used this product on my hemorrhoids for years. I used to work for General Motors as a power fork truck driver. I sat on leather seat, sweating, …

    By: Joe Graedon August 30, 2004 0 Comments
    Vitamin E Won’t Prevent Heart Problems

    Q. My husband had bypass surgery five years ago, and last year he had two stents put in. The heart doctor asked if he were taking vitamin E. We said he'd taken it for years, and the doctor said to sto…

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2004 6 Comments
    Mustard Alleviates Mom’s Leg Cramps

    Some remedies maintain their popularity for years and years. We received this letter back in 2004, when we were just getting used to the idea that swallowing a spoonful of yellow mustard alleviates a …

    By: Joe Graedon August 16, 2004 0 Comments
    Home Remedies To Relieve Chigger Bite Misery

    Q. My mother has over 100 chigger bites, and the itching is driving her crazy. What can she do to get some relief? Is there any way to prevent this from ever happening again? A: Chiggers are a type of…

    By: Joe Graedon August 9, 2004 0 Comments
    Mineral Supplement Helps Her Sleep

    Q. I suffered from insomnia for three miserable years during menopause. My doctor prescribed Sonata but could not guarantee more than four hours of uninterrupted sleep nightly. I decided not to spend …

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2004 0 Comments
    Caffeine In Chocolate Is Controversial

    Q. You really blew it in your response to a person concerned about the health effects of chocolate. You said there's no caffeine in chocolate. My doctor told me to stay away from coffee and chocolate …

    By: Joe Graedon July 26, 2004 0 Comments
    Sugar Substitute Relieves Joint Pain

    Q. My wife has recently developed diabetes and watches her sugar intake carefully. She uses Equal to sweeten her coffee or iced tea. We read that Equal might be helpful against arthritis pain, but her…

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Poison Ivy Remedies To The Rescue

    Q. My mother-in-law is incredibly sensitive to poison ivy. A walk in the woods is guaranteed to end in disaster. Is there anything she can use that would either prevent an outbreak or speed recovery? …

    By: Joe Graedon July 12, 2004 0 Comments
    New Uses For Old Mouthwash

    Q. You have written about a formula using Listerine for hot spots on dogs. I tried it and it works great, but we've nearly used it up and I lost the instructions. Could you give them again? A. A horse…

    By: Joe Graedon July 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Mustard Eases Leg Cramps In A Pinch

    Q. At a social function last week, a lady stood up and was hit with a leg cramp so severe she could not move. The hostess rushed to the kitchen, returned with some French's mustard in a teaspoon and a…

    By: Joe Graedon June 28, 2004 0 Comments
    Listerine Mouthwash Eases Itch From Chiggers

    Q. I am intrigued by the unusual ways people use Listerine. Every summer, I am plagued with itchy chigger bites. After reading that Listerine could relieve shingles pain, I tried applying it to the bi…

    By: Joe Graedon June 28, 2004 0 Comments
    Don’t Give Raisin Remedy To Dogs

    Q. I am curious to know if anyone has tried the gin-soaked raisins for arthritic dogs. I have an 80 lb. dog with arthritic hips, although she is only 6. Daily aspirin and glucosamine is helping somewh…

    By: Joe Graedon June 28, 2004 1 Comments
    Beware Home Remedies That Hurt

    Everyone loves home remedies. Whether it's a banana peel taped to a wart or a teaspoon of sugar for hiccups, these inexpensive approaches seem harmless and amusing. But not all home remedies are safe.…

    By: Joe Graedon June 21, 2004 0 Comments
    Finding Help For Hockey Bruises

    Q. Are there any supplements or vitamins that speed up healing from bruising? I am a 38-year-old man and I have recently started playing ice hockey again. Needless to say, bruises are a part of the ga…

    By: Joe Graedon June 14, 2004 0 Comments
    Smelly Feet Can Be Remedied

    Q. My son has really smelly feet. He can't take off his shoes when we're in the car or the house, or he stinks us all out. His feet must be covered. (Fresh socks, a blanket or a hazmat response suit a…

    By: Joe Graedon June 7, 2004 0 Comments
    Prevent Cancerous Chemicals When Grilling

    Q. Our family is big into grilling, even the kids. Our son loves to cook burgers or chicken and my husband is noted for his spare ribs. Last week my sister and her family were over and when we fired u…

    By: Joe Graedon May 31, 2004 0 Comments
    Beer And Licorice Diet Bad For Health

    Q. My husband's doctor says he's fine except for being borderline diabetic. My husband retired recently and is now in the house all day. He hardly eats during the day. He thinks he's too fat, though h…

    By: Joe Graedon May 24, 2004 0 Comments
    Ice Addiction Is Out Of Control

    Q. I need help. Twenty years ago, I developed a craving for cornstarch during my second pregnancy. It disappeared with the birth of my son. I thought that was the end of it, but some years later it re…

    By: Joe Graedon May 17, 2004 0 Comments
    Jelly Bean Cure For Constipation

    Q. I read with interest and sympathy a letter about problems with constipation. I wanted to share something that has helped me. After hearing some people complain that sugar-free jellybeans gave them …

    By: Joe Graedon May 10, 2004 0 Comments
    Gum To Fight Bad Breath And Cavities

    Q. I read that cinnamon is good against plaque. Can you tell me how to take it? A. Research funded by the Wrigley Company has found that chewing cinnamon gum (Big Red, for example) can kill bacteria i…

    By: Joe Graedon April 19, 2004 2 Comments
    Miraculous Relief With Coconut Cookies

    Q. While my friends yack about constipation, I've been suffering the reverse for the past several months. I don't know why, but it is ruining my life. I'm supposed to go to England in June and I am dr…

    By: Joe Graedon April 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Nosebleed Remedy Yields Amazing Results

    Home remedies are usually reserved for minor irritations. Hiccups, heartburn, colds and warts are often treated with remedies passed down from one generation to another. Nosebleeds are common, but the…

    By: Joe Graedon April 12, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Sage Boost Brain Power As We Age?

    Q. I recently read an interesting claim about the herb sage. It is said to increase mental acuity when taken orally. Apparently this is not brand new. Sage has been used this way since the middle ages…

    By: Joe Graedon April 5, 2004 0 Comments
    Herbal Extract For Battling Baldness

    Q. Several months ago I started taking 160 mg/day of saw palmetto extract to slow the progression of male pattern baldness. To my surprise, the regimen seems to work. There is less hair in the bathroo…

    By: Joe Graedon March 22, 2004 0 Comments
    Will Olive Oil Work As Sexual Lubricant?

    Q. I read about olive oil improving a woman's sex life. Vaginal dryness is the only symptom I have ever suffered due to menopause. My gynecologist has recommended almost everything, including the topi…

    By: Joe Graedon March 22, 2004 1 Comments
    Listerine Dazzles With Different Uses

    More than 100 years ago Listerine was developed as an antiseptic. At first, surgeons used it in the operating room, but before long it became a household brand. The Lambert Pharmaceutical Company mark…

    By: Joe Graedon March 15, 2004 0 Comments
    Worry Over Penis Size Causes Bashful Bladder

    Q. I hope you will not laugh at my problem. My embarrassment over my small penis makes it impossible for me to use a public restroom to urinate. This causes me great trouble if I go to a football game…

    By: Joe Graedon March 8, 2004 0 Comments
    Aloe Vera Eases Pain Of Cut

    Q. I grew up in South Texas going to the family ranch with my father, who was an excellent self-taught botanist and biologist. He had learned a lot of folk medicine from his father's Hispanic cowhands…